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J. Roderick

JLR

Redmond, WA | Member Since 2002

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  • Cover Her Face

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Headstrong and beautiful, the young housemaid Sally Jupp is put rudely in her place, strangled in her bed behind a bolted door. Coolly brilliant policeman Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard must find her killer among a houseful of suspects, most of whom had very good reason to wish her ill. Cover Her Face is P. D. James' electric debut novel, an ingeniously plotted mystery that immediately placed her among the masters of suspense.

    J. Roderick says: "A Bit slow"
    "A Bit slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I understand that this is the debut of Inspector Dalgleish. The plot was a bit slow, and the narrator even more so. I found listening at 1 1/2 speed to be about right. the audio sounded like it had been recorded over a phone, and there was a slight ground loop hum in the background. Overall, I wish I had read this book rather than listened to it. I should have listened more closely to sample. Even so, I plan on reading or listening to more P D James.


    Would you recommend Cover Her Face to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book, not the recording.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Penelope Dellaporta?

    Katherine Kellgren or Donada Peters


    Do you think Cover Her Face needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I believe it has several.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1981)
    Performance
    (1296)
    Story
    (1294)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Couldn't Suspend my Disbelief"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I kept thinking about the theory that memory formation is dependent on the development of language and the concept of "thinking in pictures". These twin distractions prevented me from enjoying the book. The fault probably lies with me and not the author. Oddly, the concept of canine re-incarnation didn't make me pause, but I couldn't get past the doggy narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Democracy in America (Excerpts)

    • HIGHLIGHTS (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alexis de Tocqueville
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Michael says: "Democracy in America"
    "Wonderful View from the Outside"
    Overall

    "Democracy in America" is a wonderful snapshot of the American republic taken by a European tourist and scholar. The audio rendition is so-so, but the text carries the day.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Federalist Papers: Selected Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles, written between 1897 and 1888, advocating for the ratification of the United States Constitution. They serve as a primary source for interpretation of the Constitution, as they outline the philosophy and motivation of the proposed system of government.

    Dale K. says: "Classics must be rated"
    "Wooden Reader"
    Overall

    I have openly wept reading these essays with their vision of what our republic could be and what it could turn into if we make the wrong choices. So I was predisposed to enjoy this audio book, but the reader was so dry and seemingly uninvolved that I can't recommend this one.

    26 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • The Temple of Music

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jonathan Lowy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Sweeping in scope and evocation of America at the turn of the 20th century, the time of Robber Barons, the World's Fair, immigration, yellow journalists, unions, and anarchists, The Temple of Music tells the story of real-life characters who embodied the Gilded Age.

    J. Roderick says: "Very Disappointing"
    "Very Disappointing"
    Overall

    This book may very well be good, but the narration style was so overdone and florid that I couldn't even listen past the first 30 minutes. Before you buy this one, listen to the preview. I wish I had

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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